Stanleytown illuminated with street lights after 35 years

first_imgThe main access road at Stanleytown, New Amsterdam were on Monday evening illuminated with street lights after residents’ pleadings for some 35 years.Many elated residents came out in their numbers to witness the transformation. For decades, residents had been calling for lights to be placed along Main Street and promises were forthcoming.Back in 1982, there were weekly reports of women being dragged into the Stanleytown Cemetery and raped; those reports were punctuated by reports of robberies being committed in the same way. Many of the victims in both cases were persons on their way home from work.Back then, there were numerous appeals for street lights to be placed at strategic points, with the cemetery being the main focus, but the people had to wait for two changes of Government before the lights became a reality.Under the previous Administration, residents were told that lights were being secured. Residents waited and saw several other parts of the region having street lights installed, with most of those areas significantly less populated.Several petitions had been sent to different levels of Government. The Town Council had distanced itself from the responsibility claiming that since it no longer had the responsibility for providing electricity to residents, the then Guyana Electricity Corporation (GEC) and subsequently Guyana Power and Light (GPL) had been demanding that the Council pay for street lighting, something it could ill-afford.Residents have expressed delight at what could be considered a new development. Constituency representative Eusi Smith says the now lighted streets will have a positive impact and act as a deterrent to persons with criminal intent.In April, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry Annette Ferguson had announced that the street lamps would have been installed soon. The lighting programme will see street lights being installed from Stanleytown to Everton on the East Bank of Berbice covering a distance of more than five miles.last_img read more

Guyana records 9.2% tourists increase

first_imgGuyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has recorded a 9.2 per cent increase in tourists to Guyana compared to the same period last year.In its mid-year re port, the GTA revealed that Guyana has since gained 122,967 visitors for the period January- May 2019 compared to 112,578 persons over the same period last year.Visitors from the Caribbean account for 49.4 per cent, while those from the United States and Canada account for 31.1 per cent and 7.1 per cent respectively.In 2018, Guyana had recorded a 17 per cent increase in visitors’ arrivals up to September. As such, the sector was given a massive boost with $305 million being allocated to GTA in the 2019 Budget and $93 million to the Department of Tourism.Former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had noted that the increase was given in recognition of the importance of the tourism sector.Guyana had also recorded the highest increase in growth in the tourism sector within the Caribbean during the first half of 2018, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation during a State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) held in The Bahamas. In March of this year, Guyana was awarded in Berlin after being named the number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world from among the top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide. The newly-created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019, and put Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.GTA President Brian Mullis had said of Guyana, ““Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent years not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practices into all aspects of its strategy, planning and programming while educating the world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism.”Further, Guyana was also honoured at the “Golden City Gate” Film Awards held in Berlin as the winner of the ‘Destinations’ category. Destination Guyana took first place for its nature destination video in the worldwide video competition that has been running for 19 years.last_img read more

Donegal businesswomen inspire at national conference

first_imgDonegal businesswomen were to the fore of a national conference for women in business staged last week at the award-winning Harvey’s Point in Donegal.The Women’s Inspire Network (WIN) spring seminar was hosted in Donegal on Wednesday 10 April last by the organisation’s founder, Ireland’s own ‘Tweeting Goddess’ and entrepreneur, Samantha Kelly.Donegal speakers helping to inspire the 200 delegates included business coaches, digital marketing specialists and established business owners, who shared inspirational advice and talked about the practical and strategic decision-making that contributed to their success. Former Harvey’s Point Hotelier Deirdre McGlone, MC Anna Daly and WIN Founder Samantha Kelly at the Women’s Inspire Spring SeminarLetterkenny-based Anne Tuohy of Room Junkie, the nationally acclaimed, award-winning interior designer, talked about harnessing the inner strength that fuels both business and personal success.Physiotherapist Lorraine Boyce, founder of Down Below Physio, shared her business journey from working with rugby teams in New Zealand to specialising in women’s health in Letterkenny.Lorraine Boyce (Down Below Physio) and Emma Boylan (Outside the Box PR) at the Women’s Inspire Spring SeminarMoville-based author and charity founder Sharon Thompson gave essential tips to writing a book and getting it published. She had a wealth of knowledge to impact on the audience, such as ‘write what’s in your heart’ and ‘find your tribe’.Derry web development specialist Patricia Greene had expert advice on websites and digital marketing, while one of only two male speakers at the event was local chef, blogger and Irish food ambassador, Zack Gallagher, who is based in Donegal Town. Moira Ní Ghallachóir from Gweedore, business mentor at MNG, gave a motivational talk on self-exploration in business, and the importance of identifying the ONE thing that you want from your business or your life.Outside the Box Marketing founder, Emma Boylan, who is based in Letterkenny, took to the stage to discuss the future of female entrepreneurship, and her belief in a world where people are judged on merit rather than gender.Tweeting Goddess Samantha Kelly and Rachel McLaughlin, DonegalWoman.ie and Media Partner of the Women’s Inspire Spring SeminarRachel McLaughlin, editor of Donegal Woman, was a panel guest at the business conference, where the online Donegal lifestyle and business publication for women was an event media partner.The Women’s Inspire Network is an Irish-based network for women entrepreneurs which started out as a Twitter hashtag in 2014. It is now a global online community with webinars, events and e-books offering expert advice and mentoring.Women’s Inspire Spring SeminarClare McNickle, Deirdre McGlone and Frances Spears at the Women’s Inspire Spring Seminar‘Overcoming Challenges’ was the theme for the Donegal seminar that delivered an energising day of expert speakers and interactive sessions for the online business group that connects and empowers female-led businesses. From business management and marketing to personal development and wellbeing, WIN is a unique online resource for inspiration, learning, knowledge-sharing and networking, the group’s founder Samantha Kelly says.“Our Donegal seminar and speakers were truly inspirational, with so many women doing awesome things in the area. Meeting in person is great for networking, but with social media like the WIN forum, our advantage is that you can reach any number of people, at any time, for help and advice, no matter where you are located”, she says.“Thanks to our event sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible – Louise Mc Donnell; What’s where (Aoife Keady); Michelle from M. McLoughlin & Co., Solicitors; La Creme Boutique in Gorey and Harvey’s Point.”MC Anna Daly and Samantha Kelly at the Women’s Inspire Spring SeminarBusinesswomen and entrepreneurs interested in joining the online Women’s Inspire Network for networking, ideas sharing, contacts and business opportunities can get more information on www.womensinspirenetwork.com. Among the very practical supports is the opportunity to promote their business or brand to over 50,000 followers between the @Tweetinggoddess and @womensinspireIE Twitter accounts. The group is also on Facebook and Instagram.Donegal businesswomen inspire at national conference was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalwoman.ieeventsharvey’s pointwomen’s inspire networklast_img read more

Some like it hot…some not

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we move into August, we continue to experience a fairly typical seasonal weather pattern for most of Ohio. Yes, it’s hot and humid!  We have been experiencing these conditions for the past couple of weeks and it appears that the trend will continue at least for the remainder of this week. Maybe Mother Nature will improve her sense of humor and provide us some relief in the coming weeks.Every cow-calf producer makes management decisions about their operations based on a wide variety of factors. Some of these factors include access to land, feed resources, marketing goals, labor availability, etc. In this article, I want to discuss another factor that significantly impacts management decisions for the cow-calf producer. That factor is the weather.The weather has a direct impact on nearly every management decision made by the cow-calf producer. There are predictable seasonal trends that we can expect as we move from winter to spring to summer to fall. There are also short-term weather anomalies that can complicate daily farm management from time to time. While we expect colder temperatures during the winter months, very few of us expected to see the -10 to -20 degree F temperatures that we saw in February of 2014 and 2015. Conversely, I would anticipate that many of us would lose several dollars if we tried to wager on the number of days we would see above 90 degrees F in a given summer.I have always felt that the important management decisions of any cow-calf operation should be based upon the goals of optimizing conception rates, the percentage of live calves born, and ultimately the percentage of calves weaned. Your choice for timing of the breeding season and eventual calving season will be influenced to some degree by the weather. An interesting consideration in this process is the answer to this question: “Which is more important to you, the timing of your calving season or the timing of the breeding season?” This can be a difficult question to answer.I suspect many producers would prioritize the timing of their calving season based on less stressful environmental conditions. In other words, many producers would prefer the warming temperatures and lush grass growth of spring over nearly any other season. Spring “officially” begins on March 20 and runs to June 20. For this discussion, let’s assume that is your 90 day calving season. I have heard this timing for the calving season widely promoted by some forage and grazing specialists as an ideal calving time as it works well with natural pasture growth and development.I certainly cannot argue that the spring season typically provides a positive environment for the newborn calf. However, this calving season can pose significant challenges during the breeding season.  If you follow the calving period we are using in this example, the breeding season that would coincide with this calving window would run from June 11 until Sept. 11. I would contend this may be one of the most difficult periods of the year to successfully get a beef female bred, especially if your primary pasture grass is fescue.Think about the challenges faced in a breeding season during this timeframe. Cows and bulls alike are certainly less active at grazing or other activity in the heat of the day in the summer. The producer must reduce stress on the animals by providing aggressive fly control measures and insuring a plentiful supply of clean water.  If much of your pasture is based on traditional fescue varieties such as Kentucky 31, you may be subjecting the cow herd to the endophyte fungus that can negatively impact animal performance.These and other factors can lead to a significant reduction in conception rates during the summer months.  Work done by Dr. Les Anderson of the University of Kentucky at the Research Center at Princeton, Kentucky demonstrated the negative impacts of a later summer breeding season. In this study, the herd was divided into three distinct 45-day breeding seasons ranging from April 21-June 5, May 21- July 6, and June 19-August 4.  Subsequent conception rates for these three breeding seasons were 89%, 78%, and 59%, respectively. Other research and anecdotal information would agree with the results from this study that conception rates will fall as temperatures rise.Again, I respect those producers that want a favorable calving environment. I believe that the best calving environment will have difficulty compensating for a potential 10-30% loss in conception rates from the breeding season. The challenge for the cow-calf producer is finding the “sweet spot” that balances a timely breeding season that maximizes conception rates with a calving season with a less stressful calving environment. This is a difficult balance to achieve.I would suggest that a fall calving season that includes the months of September and October can help provide such a balance between the breeding season and the calving environment.  These months provide similar environmental benefits to calving in April and May while providing a somewhat less stressful breeding season environment in November and December. A relatively small number of the nation’s cow-calf operation will calve in the fall months but it does offer some potential advantages for improving conception rates and calving percentages.A word of caution should be offered for those who are currently involved with or are considering fall calving.  This is especially true if your fall calving season creeps back into the month of August (as in the case of the author!).  Research has shown that fall calving cows can have shorter gestation lengths and lighter calves than their spring-calving counterparts. This can be especially true in times where we see extended periods of extremely high temperatures.  It would not be unusual to observe actual calving dates occur 7-14 days or more earlier than expected based off a known breeding date.The bottom line of this discussion is that appropriate timing of a breeding and calving season for the cow-calf producer is a difficult choice to make. It certainly is not a “one size fits all” situation. Choose the scenario that offers the potential for increasing the number of calves weaned from your herd in balance with feed and labor resources.last_img read more

Morales gains early lead in Ronda

first_imgMOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Oranza came in second with 1:11:09, three seconds behind Moraes’ time heading into Sunday’s 155.4 km Vigan-Pagudpud Stage 2.Oconer, Benosa and Carcueva took up the third to fifth spots with times of 1:11:17, 1:11:18 and 1:11:22, respectively.Rounding out the top 10 were Team Franzia’s Leonel Dimaano (1:12:45), Navy-Standard’s Junrey Navarra (1:12:45), Go for Gold Developmental team’s Ismael Grospe, Jr. (1:12:45), Navy’s Rudy Roque (1:12:52) and Bike Xtreme’s James Ferfas (1:12:52).ADVERTISEMENT The 32-year-old Moraes emerged as the early leader after gaining a 15-second bonus for topping the pair of intermediate sprints and finishing second in the stage.“It’s always nice to start the race on top,” said Morales in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe also ruled the same stage when he won his second crown last year. Alvin Benosa of Army-Bicycology, George Oconer of Go for Gold also had similar time in the 40-kilometer route highlighted by the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJan Paul Morales of Navy-Standard zoomed toward the overall lead at the start of the Ronda Pilipinas 2018 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.Morales, who is eyeing a record third Ronda crown, clocked the same time as three other riders including Stage 1 winner and teammate Ronald Oranza with one hour, 11 minutes and 22 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Klisura not keen on resetting PSL record, focused on winning Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

GoDaddy’s 16-Step Checkout: Brainless Marketing At Its Finest?

first_imgI’ve been a GoDaddy customer for a while. However, the only thing I’ve used them for is domain registrations (and even then, only a handful of the hundreds of domains I own are with GoDaddy). Now, if you’ve used GoDaddy much at all, you probably already know what I’m talking about regarding the tediousness of the checkout process. Whenever I go through it, I file it away with one or both of the following arguments/excuses as to why they do this to me: Accept the “Universal Terms of Service” (though if they’re universal, why did I need to accept two other things in Step #6)? Better yet, if I was signing away my first-born in step #6 anyways, why not go ahead and get me to check one more box for the Universal Terms of Service. [Note to self: Since these terms are “Universal”, I’ve likely forfeited the right to sell my domains when we inhabit Mars]. B) It must be working for them, or they wouldn’t do it. 3. 4. Login. No surprise. I took the screenshots out as it was just too painful to watch. Done! (With 19 more special offers and a checkbox for each as a last desperate attempt to sell me something). Read the “Secure Checkout” message which is a personal note and thank you from Bob Parsons (the CEO of GoDaddy). He’s explaining to me what a CAPTCHA is (you know, those annoying graphic messages that you have to read and type in the characters for). He also tells me that the reason they’re making me do this is to protect me and for my security. I thought that was what my username and password was for. My guess is that this is really to protect them from script-kiddies that have a GoDaddy account and do some automated thing like buy a bunch of domain names. Since GoDaddy has gone to all this trouble to design a complex checkout process, they don’t want folks building automated scripts that simply, um, register a domain name in one step. Agree to the Transfer Agreement and Domain Register Agreement. Too much legalese to read. I do like most humans do and just agree to the terms. Click on “Accept Account Change. Note that this is just a button in the upper right corner. There’s no indication (yet) of what I’m accepting. 6. 16 Gates of GoDaddy Checkout Hell Originally published Oct 11, 2007 12:57:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Skip by another offer to register a new doman name that is my name (dharmeshshah.name). I receive this exact same offer every time I transfer a domain name in. You’d think that eventually they’ll figure out that I don’t really care and am *never* going to buy this domain. Stop asking me. I have dharmesh.com already, and that’s good enough. Click on “Pending Account” changes. Not sure why this is a “pending account change”. I’m just transferring a domain in. I would think that enough people transfer domains around within GoDaddy that they could afford a link that just said “Approve Domain Transfer In”. 14. 5. Enter a Transaction ID and Security Code. This is two different sets of random tokens that I receive from the domain seller (that basically lets the system really know it’s me). Not a big deal, as long as you’ve received these two things and haven’t lost them. I’d argue that if the seller designated a specific account to transfer into, then this step should be unnecessary. Some may think I’m being overly naïve here. Granted I’m not a real marketing guy (and don’t play one on TV), but I have to believe that GoDaddy should be a wee bit smarter about how it segments it’s customers, how the checkout process should work for them, and base things a little bit on what the customer is actually trying to do. Sure, I can understand the motivation to “upsell” things, and they’re clearly more successful than I am. But, so is Amazon, who also has a lot to sell me, and it doesn’t take 16 steps to buy something from them. So, I know it can be done. 2. Skip by 22 offers to buy/upgrade a bunch of stuff (this is in addition to offers already shown on all pages). I’m not making this up. 22 different offers each with their own checkbox. I’d be curious to know how many people *actually* buy something from this page. I’m guessing non-zero, or they wouldn’t have it here. But, I’m also guessing that the “optimum” number of offers to show is not likely 22. I click Continue at the bottom. As it turns out, GoDaddy is a popular registrar and when I buy premium domains from others, they are often using GoDaddy. As such, instead of using my primary domain registrar (eNOM), I use my GoDaddy account because the transfer process (should) be easier. Click the Checkout button. Yes, it’s another Checkout button. Similar to what we saw in Step #10 Review my Shopping Cart (Note: I have not bought anything, I’m just transferring a domain in). I also have the ability to apply a promotional code — despite that my price is zero as this is just a transfer. I also have the ability to update my cart, though I can’t change any quantities or delete any items. Lots of unnecessary UI distractions giving me options that are either not relevant or not even options. Go to “My Account”. Could be a bit more obvious, but nevertheless, it works (and since I’d done it before, I knew where to go). 12. 13. 15. But, some recent experiences really irritated me well beyond the usual level of irritation I have with GoDaddy — and it got me to thinking. Is this brainless or brilliant marketing? I think brainless. Let me explain. 8. Review my billing and information and read the “Final Step: Confirm Your Order Amount” box (which buy the way, shows $0 since this is a domain transfer). Billing information not really necessary for this “zero cost transfer”, but am OK with this, as they’re likely trying to make sure things are accurate for domain renewals later. So, to set the stage for the list of steps below a few things you should know: I already have a GoDaddy account. I’m transferring a domain from *another* GoDaddy user. Both users have been on GoDaddy many times and have done transfers/exchanges many times. There was no cash trading hands at this point (so the checkout was a “zero dollar” checkout). 7. Click the Checkout button. This, at least, was obvious. 9. 11. Enter the CAPTCHA code (which thankfully is not as indecipherable as some of the ones I’ve seen) 16. 10. 1. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack A) I’m not the target audience. What do you think? If you were the head of marketing at GoDaddy would you change their checkout process?last_img read more

An Internet Marketer’s Checklist: 7 Steps to Marketing Web Redesign Success

first_img Internet marketing strategy Website Redesign Analyzing Learn how to redesign your website with an internet marketing strategy in mind with Mike Volpe, HubSpot’s VP of Marketing. Topics: Free Webinar: Website Redesign for 2010 Keywords determine your ranking within search engines. Be sure that your keywords correspond with your Download the webinar greatly simplify your marketing program Record All Incoming Links to Your Current Website. It’s very important to examine what assets you currently have and make sure that any incoming links aren’t broken once you make changes to your website. This is very important in order to avoid the dreaded 404 error page for people finding your site through Google and other robots. Define your Strategic Goals.  in the New Year, keep in mind that a grab their attention Choose Keywords Carefully . . Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack .  Test your content with customers along the way to be sure it is useful, intersting and makes sense. If you’re not blogging, consider adding a blog to your website offering as it could Make Sure You Have Content Creation on the Brain. ? What is memorable enough about your website that you will capture the repeat visitor? just to keep up with Joneses and learn what users currently experience on your site. Try to create a list top three reasons why customers visit your site so you can address those needs with your redesign.  attract people to your site and learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Carefully Consider Your Theme and Your “Look and Feel”. – involves changing and enhancing several components of your website including changing navigation structure, adding new content and functionality, in addition to design modifications.   Your visual presence on the web should always accurately reflect your company’s image and personality, as well as be consistent with any print or offline collateral your organization may utilize. If you’re considering redesigning your company’s website in 2010, here’s a quick checklist to make sure you’re on the right track: website redesign project target audience’s informational needs People come to your site for content. So, make sure all of your content is clear, up-to-date, accurate, easy to locate and well-written.  Be sure to include more than just your company information – provide articles, blog posts, fresh news links, and other information that will Investigate What Your Current Site Visitors Are Doing. Never jump into a website redesign Your theme and “look and feel” will communicate vibes to visitors. Additionally, remember that your “look and feel” should be consistent throughout all collateral both online and offline. .  Document the purpose and quantifiable goals for your redesign.  It is essential that you are able to articulate your reasons and goals before you can go any further.  photo by in order to get the most out of it.  Your company’s website is without a doubt one of its most important assets.  Your 2010 website redesign must be done in the context of a greater website redesign vision web traffic data Define Your Target Audience. Before you embark on recreating your Get into their shoes and think like they think. What are their needs? What are their interests? What will Originally published Jan 11, 2010 1:32:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 khariedlast_img read more

3 Reasons Every Franchisee Needs Its Own Website

center_img . Originally published Aug 9, 2011 5:05:00 PM, updated July 08 2013 optimized correctly SEO regularly add new content Margaret Ornsby Franchise businesses employ over 7 million people in the U.S. At HubSpot, we speak with franchise companies with hundreds of individual franchisees in their networks, but some do not maintain individual websites for their franchisees. This is a problem, because although potential customers can find your corporate website, often these same potential customers would rather receive information tailored from  It may seem obvious, but maintaining individual websites for your local franchisees or distributors will 3. You Can Amplify Your Local Reach Using Social Media website and . Many franchises think it’s sufficient to simply maintain a corporate social media profile. But simply having a corporate social media profile is not enough these days. If you want to amplify your franchisees’ reach, each individual franchisee should have a social media presence connected to its individual website as well. There are several reasons why each franchisee should have a social media presence. internet marketing strategy Topics: Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack and offers to your site. This allows you to create customized information tailored to your local market as opposed to the generic offers often pushed down from corporate.last_img read more